John Foley is Paula’s husband. He is thrilled that Paula has found a way to buy all the books she wants. She just has to sell them. His jobs at the store are moving heavy objects and doing the taxes. He likes all sorts of books including mysteries, literature, humor, science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction.
Lately he has focused on books about ‘interesting times’ like the one we find ourselves in today. Many feature irreverent humor – because we all need a good laugh.
The Artful Dodger takes center stage as Charles Dickens, Benjamin Disraeli, Sir Robert Peel, and Sweeny Todd become bit players in this tale of the seamy underside of Victorian London. Dodger makes a living mud larking in the sewers and picking a pocket or two, but now he must help a runaway woman escape her captors with the help of his mentor – Fagan. Victoria’s great, great, granddaughter knighted the author for being funny, so I’m not the only one who likes him. If you like Dodger check out his Disk World series – it’s as if the Monty Pythons wrote fantasy.
Christopher Moore has written books like You Suck, about vampires at the Marina Safeway, and Lamb – the Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal. (See what I mean by irreverent?) His latest San Francisco book, Noir, takes place in North Beach and Chinatown shortly after World War II. It’s about a dame, a bartender, a giant snake, space aliens, a kidnapping, and the Bohemian Grove. You know – typical San Francisco stuff.
The zombie apocalypse through the eyes of a foul-mouthed crow, what’s not to like? Our smart phones have literally turned us all into zombies. So, the all-knowing giant squid at the Seattle aquarium sends our hero and his fearless blood hound companion on a quest – free the trapped pets! Step away from the iPhone and enjoy the ride!
It is the early 1920s and a bad time to be a Russian aristocrat, but this gentleman is also a poet of the revolution. So instead of a firing squad, the Soviets place him under house arrest in the most luxurious hotel in Moscow, then forget about him for thirty years. The Count makes the hotel his home, thrives in a difficult situation, and turns sheltering in place into an art form.
Hilary Mantel’s three book series on Thomas Cromwell and his complicated relationship with Henry VIII is smart and gritty. Cromwell had the mind of a 21st century financier and entrepreneur while living in a time of absolute monarchs and churches that could execute you on a whim. Mantel brings the man and his time to life in three books that are fun to read. Start out with Wolf Hall and you’ll have Bring Up the Bodies and The Mirror and the Light for future reading. Then, for an alternate perspective on the same story, read the play A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt.
When Sarah Palin ran for VP a few years ago, satirist Christopher Buckley quit writing. He said it was no longer possible to satirize American politics. Well, he’s back with a vengeance. Herbert K. Nutterman, Trump’s fictional Chief of Staff, is writing this memoir from federal prison. A top-secret NSA artificial intelligence platform – Placid Reflux – hacked the Russian election system and is trying to return the Communists to power. And we can’t turn it off. Also, a Russian oligarch is blackmailing the president to get his assets unfrozen. Herb is tasked with fixing everything and winning the 2020 election. His previous job was managing a chain of Trump hotels, so he’s totally got this. It’s funnier than reality.